Burger Castle “Home of the Giantburger” was founded by Charles Edwards Krebs (2/13/1919 – 1/2/2009) in 1964 at 444 Hialeah Drive. Charles became the first franchisee for the Burger King chain in South Florida (1957). Burger King would not allow Mr. Krebs the opportunity to open a 2nd Burger King due to their tumultuous relationship.
He turned around and created the Burger Castle chain while at the same time still owning Burger King #5 (7975 NW 27th Avenue Miami, FL 33147). Stanley Tashman designed the layout of the kitchen and dining area. The creator of the Giant outside of the Burger Castle is still unknown.
The menu consisted of the Giant Burger (similar to Burger King’s Whopper which was topped with Tomatoes, Lettuce, Pickles, Ketchup and/or Mayo), regular Burger, Fried Chicken, Roast Beef Sandwich, Filet of Fish Sandwich, Fries, Shakes and Soft Drinks. A soup of the day with a sandwich option was added later on.
All of the Burgers were “Flavor-Broiled”.
On September 18th, 1968 W.J. Fowler (neighbor and friend of Charles Krebs) purchased Burger Castle from him.
W.J. Fowler added a commissary for production and the logo with the giant was changed to that of the shield (which you can see in the ads below) after a lawsuit by Burger King.
Burger Castle Newspaper Ads:
Confirmed Burger Castle Locations:
All known Burger Castle locations are listed below, unfortunately they are all long gone.
Burger Castle Headquarters was located at 1035 NE 125th St North Miami, FL 33161.
350 E. State Road 436 Casselberry, FL 32707
202 South Dale Mabry Tampa, FL 33609
501 West Middle Turnpike Manchester, CT 06040
132 New Britain Avenue Plainville, CT 06062
920 Queen Street Southington, CT 06489
1949 Sila Deane Hwy Rocky Hill, CT 06067
8660 Golf Road Des Plaines, IL 60714
6400 Melton Rd Gary, IN 46403
Highway 70 East Black Mountain, NC 28711
Hialeah Drive Store: 444 Hialeah Drive Hialeah, FL 33010
7th Avenue Store: 5780 NW 7th Avenue Miami, FL 33127
87th Avenue Store: 2275 SW 87th Avenue Miami, FL 33155
7th Street Store: 2395 NW 7th Street Miami, FL 33125
49th Street Store: 345 East 49th Street Hialeah, FL 33013
Bird Road Store: 10541 SW 40th Street Miami, FL 33165
Gables Store: 2350 Douglas Rd Coral Gables, FL 33134
Homestead: 280 N.E. 8th Street Homestead, FL 33030
Kendall: 9045 SW 107th Avenue Miami, FL 33176
Carrol City: 18400 NW 27th Avenue Opa-locka, FL 33056
Kendall Restaurant: 8865 S. Dixie Highway Miami, FL 33156
South Miami Store: 6855 SW 57th Avenue Miami, FL 33143
Perrine Store: 17500 S. Federal Highway Cutler Bay, FL 33157
135th Street Store: 13495 NW 7th Avenue Miami, FL 33168
Pembroke Pines: 6520 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood, FL 33024
Miramar Store: 6060 Miramar Parkway Miramar, FL 33023
40th Avenue Store: 1268 SW 40th Avenue Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315
Davie: Davie Blvd (SW 12th St) and State Rd. 7 33317
Pompano Store: 2292 N. Federal Hwy Pompano Beach, FL 33062
175 Layton Avenue Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53207
5801 S. 27th Street Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53221
11011 National Avenue Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53227
Other unconfirmed states that had Burger Castle were Louisiana and Maryland.
Part of the Burger Museum Collection:
Burger Castle 1966 Blueprints
Burger Castle Clock
Burger Castle Coupon
Burger Castle Employee Patch
Burger Castle Framed Picture (of location at 2395 NW 7th Street)
Burger Castle Matchbook
Burger Castle Postcard by Fleer